Heath Hardage Lee
Women's History Writer
Heath at Beauvoir in MS, Home of Winnie Davis
Heath comes from a museum education, historic preservation, and writing background. She holds a B.A. in History with Honors from Davidson College, and an M.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Virginia.
She started her museum career at the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, North Carolina, as the Program and Education Director. Heath has since worked as a consultant for southern house museums such as Stratford Hall, Robert E. Lee's birthplace, and Menokin Plantation, once home to Francis Lightfoot Lee. She recently served as the Coordinator of the History Series for Salisbury House & Gardens, a 1920's house museum in Des Moines, Iowa.
Heath moved to Des Moines from her hometown of Richmond, Virginia in 2008. She is married to Chris Lee and they have two children, Anne Alston and James Lee.
While living in the Midwest, Heath has found that she loves the Iowa State Fair, the Butter Cow, and corn. True to her Southern roots, she still loves North Carolina BBQ, (the vinegar kind), Virginia ham (very salty), and Sally Belle's cupcakes (caramel). The cupcakes are made in Richmond, right down the street from the White House of the Confederacy where Winnie was born in 1864.
Heath has written for numerous magazines, newspapers and blogs.
Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause, her biography of Varina Anne "Winnie" Davis, is her first book. Daughter will be published April 1, 2014 by Potomac Books, a division of the University of Nebraska Press.